>There has been a thread in the past and now re getting the right harness etc
>for climbing towers. Some of us have been climbing trees, towers, and poles
>for a long time but may (probably) be doing it wrong...safety wise. Is
>there some sort of on-line tutorial on the correct way (safety wise) to
>climb towers? 73/dx
We sell the Tower Climbing and Safety book for $29.95
Secondly, when you buy antenna wire from Lowes of HD, remember, you
are buying electrical wire that is a soft drawn copper. As was
stated, it will stretch especially for long runs.
I do not favor using single strand wire as it is more prone to
mechanical failure than is a stranded wire. If you buy on the used
market, always look for a tinned wire as it is easier to solder to
and less prone to oxidization.
Davis's Flexweave (tm) is a good product that can either be purchased
coated, tinned or bare. I have have had no problems in my
installations using this product (and yes I sell it.) You can
get #14 AWG 168 strands or #12 AWH 256 strands (#36 AWG strands.)
You can also get multi-strand hard drawn copper or copper clad steel.
I have found Cu-clad wire to be a PITA to work with and the plating
tends to come off in our NH acidic rain.
I admit to over load in looking at all the options on tower climbing
equipment. I have looked at Steve's site, Norther Hydraulic, Klein
and a number of other sites and admit to being confused by all the
options. Like the motorcycle helmet I just bought, it is hard to
decide what is the best choice.
I am not trying to start a flame war with another writer on antenna
wire who will disagree with me as he had not had good luck with
Davis's wire or dacron rope. I am only trying to share some of what
I have learned in my 30 years in the ham business.
In all jest, I could digress about another subject but I'll pass.
Hope everyone has a great Labor Day.
73, Craig Clark, K1QX
RADIOWARE AND RADIO BOOKSTORE
PO BOX 209
RINDGE NH 03461
603 899 6957
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